Mystery in the Minster (Matthew Bartholomew Series #17)

Overview

The 17th episode in the popular Cambridge series of medieval mysteries, featuring the physician-cum-sleuth, Matthew Bartholomew

In 1358 the fledging college of Michaelhouse in Cambridge is in need of extra funds. A legacy from the Archbishop of York of a parish close to that city promises a welcome source of income. However, there has been another claim to its ownership and it seems the only way to settle the dispute is for a deputation from Michaelhouse to travel...

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Overview

The 17th episode in the popular Cambridge series of medieval mysteries, featuring the physician-cum-sleuth, Matthew Bartholomew

In 1358 the fledging college of Michaelhouse in Cambridge is in need of extra funds. A legacy from the Archbishop of York of a parish close to that city promises a welcome source of income. However, there has been another claim to its ownership and it seems the only way to settle the dispute is for a deputation from Michaelhouse to travel north. Matthew Bartholomew is among the small party which arrives in the bustling city, where the increasing wealth of the merchants is unsettling the established order, and where a French invasion is an ever-present threat to its port. But soon he and his colleagues learn that several of the Archbishop's executors have died in unexplained circumstances and that the codicil naming Michaelhouse as a beneficiary cannot be found.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Superb . . . The pace never slackens, despite the book’s length, and Gregory again proves adept at weaving a plot complicated enough to be baffling but not so intricate as to become confusing."  —Publishers Weekly starred review
Publishers Weekly
Set in 1358, Gregory’s superb 17th whodunit starring Cambridge physician Matthew Bartholomew (after 2010’s The Killer of Pilgrims) takes Bartholomew and several other fellows of Michaelhouse College to York, where they try to resolve a dispute over a legacy of the city’s late archbishop. Six years after the death of Archbishop William Zouche, the fellows of Michaelhouse learn that he bequeathed them a chapel, which would go a long way toward addressing their financial woes. Unfortunately, there appears to be only oral evidence for the bequest, and executors of Zouche’s estate, who might have confirmed its existence, have been dying off at an alarming rate. The pace never slackens, despite the book’s length, and Gregory again proves adept at weaving a plot complicated enough to be baffling but not so intricate as to become confusing. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Medieval physician Matthew Bartholomew (The Killer of Pilgrims) heads to Leeds when an inheritance due to a Cambridge college gets tied up in murder and deceit.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780751542592
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Series: Matthew Bartholomew Series , #17
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 716,719
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Susanna Gregory is a Cambridge academic and the author of the Matthew Bartholomew Chronicles and the Thomas Chaloner series.

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